CONDITIONS FOR FISHING ON THE RIVERS
IT IS AN OFFENCE TO FISH WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION (River Tweed and Eye Protection Order)
1. Trout fishing shall commence on 15 March and shall terminate on 30 September.
2. Fishing for trout is permitted every day on the River from the top of Chesters upstream to the head waters of the River Teviot and tributaries except as where specified in this ticket and on the map available from the Secretary.
3. GRAYLING FISHING is permitted throughout the season on the trout permit. Grayling fishing is also permitted in December, January, February and up to 14 March.
Grayling fishing during October and November is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN.
4. Nylon to only 4lb breaking strain may be used in pursuit of Grayling.
5. No ground baiting, no spinning lures or natural minnows on the rivers between 14th September and 15th February.
DOUBLE ROD FISHING IS ILLEGAL
6. This permit must be carried at all times whilst fishing and must be exhibited to Wardens, or any persons having authority to Demand exhibition thereof. Wardens have the authority to inspect all fish and tackle in possession. Any person refusing may turned off the River and his permit and tackle forfeited.
7. No permit holder shall be allowed to sell the fish he catches.
8. Size limit for fish to be 9 inches (23 cm) on the Rivers and total bag not to exceed 2 FISH PER DAY.
9. No permit holder shall be accompanied by a dog at anytime while fishing or on Angling Club business.
10. THIS TICKET IS NOT TRANSFERRABLE
11. Observe the Country Code (a) No litter (b) No damage to property being passed over or through (c) Shut gates and lock if required (d) Park vehicles in places which do not cause an obstruction (e) No lighting of fires.
12. ALL HOLDERS OF TICKETS OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING RULES
(a) Do not start fishing in front of anybody else
(b) Keep moving down the pool when others are waiting to fish behind you
(c) If you wish to fish the pool again, fall in behind and take your turn in the queue.
1LOCHS - TROUT
ACREKNOWE - Rainbow trout 15 March to 30 November. Fly only with a fly rod and reel (no fixed spool reels). No fishing bewteen the marker on one side and the dam wall and the boathouse and the dam wall on the other. Driving on the grass is strictly prohibited and offenders may have their permits suspended.
WILLIESTRUTHER - Rainbow trout 15 March to 30 November. Bait and fly fishing allowed but strictly no ground baiting and spinning lures may not exceed 2" including the hooks. Fishing from the dam wall is strictly prohibited.
HELLMOOR - Brown trout 15 March to 30 September. Bait and fly fishing allowed, no ground baiting. Spinning lures may not exceed 2" including hooks. Access to Hellmoor is through a locked gate and a forestry road. Keys for the padlock may be purchased at the Post Office, Sandbed, Hawick at a cost of à5.
AKERMOOR - Brown trout 15 March to 30 September. Bait and Fly fishing allowed, rules as Hellmoor. The catch must be recorded in the book at the farm. Attention must be paod to the parking signs at the farm.
BOATS - Boats are available on Acreknowe and Akermoor. Flotation clothing must be worn in boats. Keys for Acreknowe boats available at Post Office, Sandbed, Hawick. Keys for Akermoor boat available at Post Office, Sandbed, Hawick with a à5 deposit.
RIVERS - SALMON
(a) Do not start fishing in front of anyone else.
(b) Cast downstream of across and move a metre a cast if there are following fishers
(c) When reaching the bottom of a pool go back and join the end of the queue
(d) The Tweed Spring Salmon Conservation Rules apply, that is up to the end of June the first, and every other fish must be returned.
(e) All unclean or unseasonable fish must be returned.
(f) Ready to spawn hen fish should be returned.
(g) A record of fish caught must be sent to the club by early December each year. This includes nil returns. Failure to make a return will disqualify the angler from getting a permit the following year.
(h) In cases of poaching or illegal fishing please contact Mr Tony Coleman (tel 01573 226152 or 01831 126969)
1 Please make yourself familiar with the conditions on the permits
2 Please check the available and private water on the map.
3 No dogs permitted with anglers.
1. To help prevent an outbreak of Gyrodactylus salaris which has had catastrophic effects on some foreign rivers, all rods fishing must complete a Gyrodactylus declaration on arrival at the fishery. This states that either you have not used your fishing tackle abroad in the last three months, or you have done so and had it properly sterilised, or you have done so and NOT had it sterilised. In the latter case, you must agree to sterilisation taking place before you start fishing, and accept that there may be some delay in getting this organised. A copy of the declaration form can be seen at: this page
2. The season is from 1st February to 30th November and there is no fishing on Sundays.
3. On or before 14th February and on or after 15th September it is fly only. At other times you are asked to have a good try with a fly first, and only resort to a spinner if you really have to in the very last part of your visit.
4. No prawns, worms, shrimps or gaffs can be used at any time.
5. SPRING SALMON & SEA-TROUT. LAW:
It is now illegal to take any Salmon or Sea-trout, dead
or alive, from 1st February to 31st March each year.
SPRING SALMON TWEED RULES:
These Rules apply to all Salmon and Grilse (not Seatrout)
for the period 1st April to 30th June each year on
the whole of the Tweed catchment.
• Anglers must return to the water ALL Salmon and
Grilse caught up to the end of June, unharmed.
• Every effort must be taken by the angler and
boatman to allow fish to recover after being caught.
SALMON CAUGHT AFTER 30TH JUNE:
• Salmon caught after 30th June should be returned
if they are not fresh (i.e. not silver) and therefore
likely to be Spring stock.
Every effort must be taken by the angler and boatman to allow fish to recover after being caught; only those fish that have actually died in the course of resuscitation may be removed from the water. No one is allowed to dispatch a fish, e.g. by use of a priest. On no account may any fish be killed.
Fish that have died will be the property of the Fishery Proprietors to dispose of as is seen appropriate however, fish that have died should be used to further the scientific knowledge of our Spring stock. The beat MUST therefore:
* Keep a record that a fish has not been able to be revived, and
* Provide The Tweed Foundation with the length, weight, scales, and any tissue samples they require from the dead fish.
6. HOOK TYPE: The use of barbless hooks is encouraged, especially for Spring fishing. Flatten or remove barbs to make hook removal easier and to cause less damage and stress to the fish.
7. Anglers are expected to comply with the Code of Good Angling Practice produced by the RTC which can be seen at: this page
There is a weight/length chart available on the RTC website at: this page
Anglers returning Salmon before 30th June may order a 'Spring Salmon' shirt (restricted to two per person per season) from The Tweed Foundation by making a donation - see details under 'Claims' section of the Spring leaflet which can be seen at: href="http:/ target="new">this page